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August 28th, 2008

Hackers In Taiwan Compromised 50 Million Personal, Government And Firms Records

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has successfully tracked down and arrested six people in what the CIB believes to be the biggest personal data breach in Taiwan to date. Apparently, the group also managed to obtain personal data on Taiwan’s current and former presidents.

The suspects are believed to have stolen more than 50 million records of personal data, including information about President Ma Ying-jeou, his predecessor Chen Shui-bian and police chief Wang Cho-chiun, the official said. They then offered to sell the information for 300 Taiwan dollars (10 US) per entry, he said.

The hackers, based in Taiwan and China, also swindled victims out of millions of Taiwan dollars through their online bank accounts, he said. They will face up to five years in prison on charges of hacking and fraud.

An official at Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau said the hackers had tapped into data held by government agencies, state-run firms, telecom companies and a television shopping network. He called it the biggest hacking operation of its kind in Taiwan.

The announcement comes a week after China detected a sophisticated fake diploma scheme, where ten government databases were compromised.

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